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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera opens up about anorexia, abortion in new memoir

Naya Rivera suffered from anorexia as a high

Naya Rivera suffered from anorexia as a high school sophomore. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Valerie Macon

Actress Naya Rivera says in a new memoir that she suffered from anorexia as a teen and terminated a pregnancy during her time playing cheerleader and glee-club singer Santana Lopez on the Fox series “Glee.”

“I’ve done a lot of living,” Rivera told People magazine, which Wednesday posted an excerpt from her book “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up,” being published Sept. 13. “I’m a 79-year-old trapped in a 29-year-old’s body.”

Rivera writes that by her sophomore year in high school, her “game” of eating very little “had maybe gone too far. I just avoided food at all costs.” Reacting to her parents separating and a downturn in her acting career, which she had begun as a child on the 1991-92 CBS sitcom “The Royal Family,” she says that, “If my mom had packed a lunch for me, I’d either trash it or find some excuse to give it away.”

She told People of her anorexia, “I was so young and it just seemed to be the norm. Everyone was going through similar stuff,” adding, “I had no way of knowing if I was going through it worse. I was juggling my feelings and it makes me sad that there are girls still going through that 15 years after I went through it.”

Rivera, who married actor Ryan Dorsey in July 2014 and together had son Josey the following September, also reveals in the book that she became pregnant by Dorsey in late 2010, shortly after breaking up with him in order to concentrate on her career. For that same reason she had an abortion, she writes, during a day off from filming an episode of “Glee.”

“I set out to write a book that was true to myself and would hopefully help others along the way,” Rivera tweeted Tuesday night. Claiming, “Media will always distort anything,” she added, “I hope that you all enjoy my story and respect my good intentions in sharing them with you.”


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